Premier League Hall of Fame: who are you choosing?

Premier League Hall of Fame: who are you choosing?

You probably read about Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry recently becoming the first players to be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

The duo were obvious picks. Shearer is the Premier League's record scorer, with 260 goals for Blackburn Rovers - with whom he won the title in 1995 - and Newcastle United. Henry scored a club record 175 Premier League goals in 258 appearances for Arsenal.

Fair enough then.

But who else should join them?

A shortlist has been drafted – but with space for only six more, who makes the cut?

 

 

The 23 nominees vying for the final spaces are: Tony Adams, David Beckham, Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell, Eric Cantona, Andrew Cole, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Les Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Roy Keane, Frank Lampard, Matt Le Tissier, Michael Owen, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes, John Terry, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Patrick Viera, and Ian Wright.

 

 

 

 

You can cast your vote before polls close at 6pm BST on Sunday, 9 May.

The Cult Kits team have been agonising (mainly arguing, actually) over who we think should make the cut. So, after painful deliberations, here are our six choices.

 

Peter Schmeichel

 

 

With apologies to David Seaman, big Pete is the finest goalie to ever appear in the Premier League (apart from the bit at the end with Villa and Man City. Let’s forget about that). He was, at times, unbeatable. Built like a wrestler but with the gravity-defying agility of a frightened leopard, Schmeichel’s selection is a no-brainer.

 

Rio Ferdinand

 

 

Picking a defender might not be ‘hip’ or ‘edgy’ but whatever. Rio was the greatest centreback to ever play in the Prem – a heady cocktail of pace, intelligence, creativity and big old tackles, Peckham’s finest could do it all, first for Leeds and then for United (please delete from your memory the car crash that was his final season at QPR).

 

Steven Gerrard

 

 

Worth his place on ability alone but when you factor in the fact he virtually single-handedly dragged a series of very average Liverpool teams to domestic and European glory (yes, no Premier League titles, and yes, he slipped over, etc, etc), it’s impossible not to choose Stevie.

 

Roy Keane

 

 

The thundering heartbeat of United’s 90s dominance, Keano was everything and more. With the Irishman snarling and snapping in the centre of the park, there were times when you felt the Reds were invincible.

 

Dennis Bergkamp

 

 

If you look at data alone, Dennis doesn’t make the list. But he was so much more than a collection of numbers and statistics. He was Arsene Wenger’s creative director, he was elegance and intelligence, and, well, he was fun. The Premier League was a much better place with Dennis in it.

 

Eric Cantona

 

 

Another choice that isn’t supported by cold hard figures. The Frenchman only played in the Premier League for five years (eight months of which was spent on suspension for two-footing a Palace fan). He scored just 64 goals for Manchester United. He was unable to inspire the Reds to European glory. But… but there are few, if any, who have inspired and beguiled and enchanted and entertained Old Trafford (and the whole of English football for that matter) like the King. It may have been brief, but wow, it was très merveilleux.

 

 

 

 

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